Municipalities demand 100,000 solar roofs for public buildings

Municipalities demand 100,000 solar roofs for public buildings

Municipalities demand immediate program from next federal government to install 100,000 solar roofs on public buildings to meet climate protection targets.

Five billion euros would have to be made available for this, said gerd landsberg, chief executive of the german association of cities and municipalities, to the "neue osnabrucker zeitung" (saturday). "This year, the climate goals in the building sector and other sectors will not be achieved, yet there is enormous potential in the area of municipal properties that is far from being exhausted."

In addition to administrative buildings, daycare centers, sports facilities or municipal housing stock could also be included. Although many municipalities are already moving forward with solar roofs, many cities and communities simply lack the money for rapid expansion, said landsberg. They would therefore have to rely on calls for federal funds. With the solar roof program, the municipalities could become role models for private homeowners, but also for the economy.

The same should apply to commercial buildings and large rental housing complexes

At the end of july also minister of economics peter altmaier (cdu) had spoken out for more solar roofs. He told the german press agency that much more is needed than before, even though there are already high expansion targets. "That’s why i’m in favor of working with the federal government, the states and the municipalities to quickly make it clear that solar systems, either photovoltaic or solar thermal, or a mix of both, will be installed on all new public buildings. Existing buildings should be retrofitted as soon as possible, but at the latest by 2028." similar should apply to commercial buildings and coarse rental housing complexes.

In order to achieve stricter climate targets, many politicians and associations believe that considerably more new wind turbines and solar roofs are needed. The current black-red coalition has tightened up the climate protection law, but in the process has not been able to agree on higher expansion targets for renewable energies.

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